A message posted to a password-protected al-Qaeda affiliated forum, titled: ?A Call to the People of Islam from the Fighters of Ribat in the Land of Syria: the Nusayriyya Has Become Arrogant and Attacked,? urges Muslims to support jihad fighters in Syria as a means to quash the interests of the Syrian government in a stable Iraq. According to the author, the Syrian Nysayrian government led by President Bashar al-Asad, is attacking those salafists who are attempting to aid the mujahideen in Iraq and elsewhere, allegedly courting America and ?annihilating the spirit of salafism? because of American pressure.
The author argues that Syria has waged a ?ruthless campaign? against the Salafists, arresting many of the ?brothers who we think well of,? and indiscriminately capturing both Arabs and Kurds. He believes that the government wants to make Syria a ?lighthouse for the secular and infidel way of thinking and worthless nationalism and a lighthouse to spread corruption through the lands of the Muslims,? in an allegedly similar fashion as the Saudi royal family.
A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.